Our Purpose. Every now and again, we hear someone cry out over the violence and sex in movies and on television, but I've yet to hear any outrage over the content of books, particularly children's and teen books. The impact of what children read is too often overlooked and underestimated. Parents need to be aware of what is being marketed to their children at their most impressionable ages. This website is set up for that purpose. We cannot review in depth every book out there, but we would like to at least try to raise the awareness level a few degrees. Watch what your children read, and if possible read it first before giving it to them.

Since there are so many books and so little time, if you have a book that you think parents should be aware of or one that children or teens should read, please let us know.

Young Reader books are books for ages eight to twelve, and Teen Reader books are for ages twelve and up.


September 20, 2005

Dear Parents:

       I've been meaning to write this for some time.  First, I would like to apologize if you have written an email, and I have not responded.  This is the first time I've been in my email in several months.  Basically, I am retiring.  Family obligations, my going back to college, and the fact that I no longer work at the bookstore have all played a part in my decision.  But I have to say that the main reason I have decided to discontinue reviewing books on this website is that I can no longer stomach reading junk.  It's depressing.  It stays on my mind and in my head.  I want to make up for lost time and damage done by bad writing, and reading something good for a change.
       Please inspect carefully the books you buy for your children or grandchildren. If it is a book for a toddler, you can skim through it in a few minutes. If it is a novel for an older child, you should at least read the back cover and a few pages at random within the text. Then just ask yourself if this is the kind of information you would have wanted to have been exposed to when you were five or ten or fifteen years old. Please encourage your friends to do the same.  There is a lot of garbage out there passing itself off as children's literature, and it is up to you to protect your loved ones from it.
       Thanks to your emails I know this website has done some good.  It is going to remain on-line in the hopes that it will continue to make parents aware of what is lurking out there in the bookstores and libraries.  Thank you all for everything.

Parents Aware -- Website Owner

Please see the feature article about the Parents Aware website
entitled "Be careful, little eyes..." in the May, 2004, issue
of the American Family Association Journal.